A complex but fruity nose leads with white peach, green apple, and a hint of cinnamon spice. The palate is firm with plenty of fresh pear and crisp lemon tart with a long mineral core. While the fruit is opulent, it also has firm acidity with a lengthy finish resulting in a wine that will drink well young but age for many years to come.
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Hawke’s Bay lies on the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The region enjoys dry summers with moderate, cool nights. This wine reflects a single vineyard Chenin Blanc which was grown in the Mangatahi Terraces, near the small rural township of Maraekakaho. The organic Two Terraces vineyard is owned and operated by dedicated growers Ian and Linda Quinn. The lower night time temperatures of the inland site produce wines in a cooler climate style with good aromatics and elegant structure.
Over the past 15,000 years, the nearby Ngaruroro River has laid down some spectacular terraces with shallow stony silt loams over red metals. The soils contain volcanic deposits from past eruptions on the volcanic plateau in the central North Island. There were two clones from this Chenin Blanc block used (220 & 880) offering a spectrum of flavour.
Picked in late March and pressed into two 500L puncheons and one 600L demi-muid. These were left to ferment ‘wild’ and continued until almost dry, just one barrel finished up with a touch of sweetness. This added just 1.5 g/L of residual sugar to the entire blend, giving a subtle roundness to balance the bright acidity. The wine was unfined and crossflow filtered before bottling in March 2023.